Artist Profile - Christopher Rainham

Four Coal Tits
Wrens & Witch Hazel
The Warblers, Thrush, on Bramble Leaves
Red Admiral on Artichoke
Thrushes Coal Tits Wagtail
Sparrows on Ash Leaves
The Starlings That Weren't In The Chimney
Wagtail and Dandelion

Four Coal Tits

Medium: Acrylic on Board

Measurements: 20 x 20cm Unframed

Price: £260 Plus Delivery

Wrens & Witch Hazel

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Measurements: 40 x 40cm Unframed

Price: £550 Plus Delivery

The Warblers, Thrush, on Bramble Leaves

Medium: Acrylic on Board

Measurements: 30 x 30cm Unframed

Price: £400 Plus Delivery

Red Admiral on Artichoke

Medium: Acrylic on Board

Measurements: 20 x 20cm Unframed

Price: £260 Plus Delivery

Thrushes Coal Tits Wagtail

Medium: Acrylic on Board

Measurements: 30 x 30cm

Price: £400 Plus Delivery

Sparrows on Ash Leaves

Medium: Acrylic on Board

Measurements: 20 x 20cm Unframed

Price: £260 Plus Delivery

The Starlings That Weren't In The Chimney

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Measurements: 50 x 70cm

Price: £900 Plus Delivery

Wagtail and Dandelion

Medium: Acrylic on Board

Measurements: 15 x 15cm

Price: £200 Plus Delivery

Four Coal Tits

Medium: Acrylic on Board

Measurements: 20 x 20cm Unframed

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Price: £260 Plus Delivery

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About Christopher Rainham
Artist Statement

Four Coal Tits
Wrens & Witch Hazel
The Warblers, Thrush, on Bramble Leaves
Red Admiral on Artichoke
Thrushes Coal Tits Wagtail
Sparrows on Ash Leaves
The Starlings That Weren't In The Chimney
Wagtail and Dandelion
Four Coal Tits
Wrens & Witch Hazel
The Warblers, Thrush, on Bramble Leaves
Red Admiral on Artichoke
Thrushes Coal Tits Wagtail
Sparrows on Ash Leaves
The Starlings That Weren't In The Chimney
Wagtail and Dandelion

Biography

Christopher Rainham’s work has always been inspired by the natural world and more specifically his experience of the natural world. He is inspired by the way flora and fauna is woven into language, the explanations of things, stories and beliefs.Rainham loves the material qualities of paint, what it does, how it feels, smells, how in painting and drawing materials change and adapt, try and become something else in becoming a painting.


Artist Statement

Animals and flowers and birds have their own symbolism, are the characters in myths, some of the players in religious writings, metaphors for things we can’t explain. The birds in my paintings are the motif of my design, the objects of my composition and an element of my pattern.   I’m interested in the way society interacts with the wild and not so wild things around it, the affect we have on the environment and the living things that rely on it to survive.My responses may represent an image conjured by a text or a feeling found between the lines of the story or even disparate pieces of the story, my own knowledge and other beliefs all rolled into one. All my work starts with drawing, usually directly onto a primed canvas or board. I make stencils of elements to be repeated or use a digital projector to play with scale. Then I begin to cover the whole surface with a range of earth colours, brown, ochre, blue or grey. I can then start to develop each element trying to create the colours I want. Often the painting needs to be ‘knocked back’ by having a wash of colour applied over the existing image. I then begin to develop the picture again. This allows me to play with the depth in the image and also the edges of objects in the picture plane, light and shade and modelling. I find starting a painting or drawing exhilarating, full of promise and possibilities. I have never been daunted by the fear of the white sheet of paper or blank canvas. I have sometimes thought about offering my services to other artists as ‘Picture Starter’.  I think that’s why I have enjoyed my work in education, the opportunity to spark ideas in someone else’s mind. Many more ideas for paintings come and go and are left somewhere between the supermarket car park and the studio door than ever find their way to gallery, fair or house.The exchange of thought through my painting is what inspires me to communicate, how it ends, how a picture becomes ‘finished’, that is the hard bit.I wonder if anyone offers that as a service to creatives? ‘Picture Finisher’